“Il Dramma” by Onorato: unmasking actors

Here is another series of “Il Dramma” covers, celebrating the bi-monthly theater magazine conceived and directed by Lucio Ridenti since 1926.

This selection showcases portraits of cinema and stage actors by Umberto Onorato (1898-1967), an illustrator, journalist, set designer and costume designer who had started drawing stars’ caricatures in the 1920s. The essential lines of his work, devoid of any unnecessary frills, reveal intimate psychological traits of these performers, caught without their “mask”.

For almost fifty years, Onorato was an ironic chronicler of Italian theater, becoming an integral part of that world through his profession as well as through the friendships he was able to form with many people in show business.

In this gallery, among others, you will notice Vittorio De Sica (actor, director, and founding father of the neorealist movement), Anna Magnani (unrivalled star in the history of Italian cinema, for extraordinary performances such as the one in Rossellini’s “Rome, open city”), Gino Cervi (unforgettable as Commissioner Maigret in a legendary TV series based on Simenon’s murder stories), and Paolo Stoppa (who played a part in popular classics such as “Miracle in Milan”, “Rocco and his brothers” and “The Leopard”).

What a wonderful parade of talents!


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